The U.S. State Department says Arnold Chacon has been named to serve as charge d’affaires to Canada at the American embassy.
The announcement came Friday in a release issued by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The United States has yet to name a new ambassador to Canada, and until then Chacon will serve as the Biden administration’s top diplomat in Ottawa.
He succeeds Katherine Brucker who had been appointed charge d’affaires by former president Donald Trump‘s administration.
The release from Blinken says Chacon is a career diplomat who has previously served as the director general of the Foreign Service and U.S. ambassador to Guatemala.
It says he will work to advance “the roadmap for a renewed U.S.-Canada partnership, including trade, climate change, COVID-19 response and recovery, and global and regional security issues.”
The release adds that Chacon’s appointment “underscores the United States’ strong commitment to Canada and the Canadian people,” and that he is dedicated to advancing the bilateral relationship.